Linthicum Heights UMC takes its turn as host to the homeless


January 23, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FROM TOMORROW through Jan. 31, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church will serve as host for the men's homeless shelter. Each evening at 5, volunteers from the church will drive to the Salvation Army on Crain Highway to pick up homeless men who want to spend the night on cots set up in the fellowship hall.

John Wagner is one of the organizers for the week, and he has enlisted church members who will drive guests back and forth. He also recruits men from the church who will stay with the guests during the night.

Church members Millie and Dale Townsend are responsible for seeing that dinners and breakfasts are available for as many as 24 men. Different church groups volunteer to prepare at least one night's meal, and a few people have been recruited to fix breakfast each morning. The Rotary Club of Linthicum has also volunteered to prepare a meal.

According to Wagner, after dinner some of the guests like to chat and play cards with the hosts and each other. A television is available, but he said few are interested in watching.

Twice a week, the men are taken to Ferndale United Methodist Church, where they can shower.

This is the eighth year that Linthicum Heights United Methodist has participated in the shelter program. It also helped St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, which provided shelter during Christmas week. Ferndale United Methodist Church also sheltered the homeless for a week.

Information: 410-859-0990.

Prepare for gardening

"Blueprints for Spring" is the theme for the Ferndale Garden Club's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdayat Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Jason Pippen, Linthicum resident and landscape designer, will be guest speaker. Pippen owns Aspen Grove Landscape Co. in Millersville. He will explain why it is important to map out landscaping before buying plants.

Pippen will demonstrate how homeowners can create master plans for landscaping.

Hostesses for the evening are Gail Wojciechowski, Elena Thomas, Annette Thomas, Sharon Totten and Kathy Shatt. Elena Thomas will give the horticulture report.

The Ferndale Garden Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from September to May. Information: Debi Burkman, publicity chairman, 410-760-4809.

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